Mad Like Alyce

This was a really fun way to turn an old tablecloth into enough place mats for all 12 people present at our Christmas dinner. It all started with our plan to find a plaid tablecloth. My mom, being the mini hoarder she is, just happened to have a beautiful old tablecloth that was the perfect plaid. I was pleased for all of a day before I realized just one would not cover the two tables we would need to seat our whole family.

Thus the idea to create place mats! The tablecloth was just big enough to do 12 place mats which would look lovely against my mom’s beautiful dining room table. But we still had the dilemma of how to make the plan work for the entire table setup, which included a card table set up at the end of the dining room table to accommodate all guests.

wrapped table

The answer? Wrapping paper!!! We found a lovely butcher paper and arrow printed paper that gave the card table the same vibe and carried the decor theme very nicely. I might even experiment with the idea of wrapping paper vs. tablecloth again next year. Its so much cheaper and available in so many different patterns. Best part? You don’t have to store a tablecloth you might never use again (mom) and it makes cleanup nice and simple.

plaid placemat DIY

No Sew Place Mat DIY

You will need:

  • Fabric or tablecloth that is at least 48in x 80in for 12 place mats.
  • 2 rolls hem tape
  • Iron & ironing board (or a towel to place over ironing surface)
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape

Instructions:

1. Lay out your fabric, and measure and mark every 20 inches down the long side of the fabric, either by using a pencil or by cutting a small slit to mark. Cut across to get 4 strips of fabric that are now 20in x 48 in.

Note: you can adjust these measurements as you see fit. I went with this since my mom’s tablecloth was a perfect 48x80in rectangle, but you can certainly take an inch or two off each if you will have a more cramped table setting.

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2. Next, measure the long end of each strip and mark every 16 inches. Cut across the fabric to result in 3 pieces per strip, for a total of 12 pieces that are now 20in x 16in.

3. Preheat your iron. Starting with your first piece of fabric, tear off a piece of hem tape the length of one side of the fabric. Place along the edge, and fold over so completely covered, then iron until the tape has bonded. Do this for the remaining edges of the fabric.

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Note: If you did use a tablecloth, you can simply leave the previously hemmed edges as they are. You may then want to trim the opposite side down by roughly .5 inch just to accommodate, or leave as is if you are not concerned with slight size variation. If you think the hem will be too noticeably different, trim it off before you measure and cut your pieces.

4. In each corner, cut the excess of double folded fabric out of the way by slicing diagonally into the corner.

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5. Complete for all remaining pieces. Get a glass of wine and put on some carols, it takes about 45min to an hour.

6. If you wish, iron each of the new place mats to remove wrinkles.

Plaid 1Love those North Pole Cupcakes? So did we!

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Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

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  • When I first saw @miss_stryx post her challenge, it really shook me. What AM I most afraid of? My first thought... was everything. Which made me realize that honestly, my biggest fear is losing control of my PTSD. I was diagnosed with PTSD 9 years ago, but it  took a good few years before I really understood what that even meant and how it impacted how I felt each day. It took even more years of counseling and amazing support from my friends and family before I was able to really get control of it. I'm happy to say that I'm now at a place where I live with PTSD but it doesn't control me. That being said, I'm always terrified of what might happen if it would spiral away from me again.
My second greatest fear is something that has plagued me from my childhood, but became an outright phobia and trigger once I developed PTSD. That is a fear of needles.  Shots, giving blood, and especially IVs.  Then it hit me... what is the perfect combination of both of these  fears? A lobotomy. A very controversial treatment used in the past on people with mental illness, involving a huge needle. 
From that terrifying vision came an awesome collaboration with some really great friends, and filmed and edited by the INSANELY talented @jibclimmer to complete my first ever horror short film. I'm so thankful to have so many talented and wonderful people that were willing and excited about making this vision a reality. I hope this isn't too dark for you guys, but I totally understand if it is! The idea actually terrified me and I put myself in the very center of it! Ultimately, filming this was actually not scary at all, as I have such incredible friends, and I was in a safe space the entire time. This particular version of the film is not the final version, since we were limited to 60 seconds on Instagram. Very soon we hope to have the entire short film up and posted and I will make sure to let you all know when that is live on YouTube! It is with great pleasure that I present to you my entry for round 1 of the #StrykingFEAR contest.
  • What would you do if you foresaw the telling of your own death? Here are some stills of my round 2 entry for the #StrykingFEAR contest. To see  the backstory on my Undead fortune-teller,  check out my last post for a quick short film introduction. The 2 part tutorial video should hopefully be up on the blog shortly!
  • For round 2 of the #StrykingFEAR contest, the character I was initially least excited about was the fortune teller. Why? Because fortune tellers are usually great beauty makeups. While I love doing horror looks, I really can't say I'm great shakes at beauty makeup. And then it hit me... what a great opportunity to do something outside my comfort zone AND something familiar with a two part makeup? I borrowed a crystal ball from a friend, ordered tarot cards, and learned a little bit on how to do a reading and pulled together an ending to this fortune teller's story… or should I say beginning?
  • When your sling gives you a full blown chronic pain flareup. Laying on the floor with my legs up to help take pressure off my lower back, and mystic seems pretty concerned. Good thing I have episode three of the @girlinspacepodcast to listen to!If you haven't started listening to this audio drama, you need to check it out ASAP! #chronicpain #chronicfatigue #lifeinasling #girlinspace #findme
  • Good things happen when you leave the apartment for the first time in a week! These must've gotten dropped off when I was taking a nap, I opened my front door to find this gorgeous Halloween bouquet on my doormat from @bkbecker! I just can't get over those adorable bats!!! #ihavethebestfriends #halloween
  • Rose Madder has an ethereal beauty and raw feminine power, however, something is off... something not quite human. The shadows under her skin would be perhaps leprosy, perhaps something worse, and her eyes are rabid with madness. “Don't look at her face! That is not for the likes of you.”
She was fascinated by the texture of the woman's back, her bare shoulder, and the lower part of her neck. The skin was finer than watered silk. But farther up on her neck... Rosie didn't know what those grey Shadows lurking just below her hairline could be, and didn't think she wanted to know. Bites were her first wild thought, but they weren't bites. Rosie knew bites. Was it leprosy? Something worse? Something contagious? 
Products used in this look are: 
Woochie cream makeup in Dead Guy Grey, @mehronmakeup aqua color in white and gray, Light green cream makeup from the zombie color set from Woochie, Eyeshadows from the @tartecosmetics artist palette.
Gold aqua color from the Mehron brilliant palette, @bennyemakeup bruise wheel.
Full tutorial on the blog!
  • One of the reasons I love Stephen King novels is because he illustrates just enough of the character for your imagination to kick in and fill in the horrifying details that make it real and terrifying for each individual. Because this has never before been made into a motion picture I was really excited to be able to make my own spin on how Rose Madder would appear for round 3 of the #StrykingFEAR contest. Check out the full tutorial, now up on the blog, link in bio!

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